This page has information about 4 developed campgrounds — where vehicles are permitted.
NPS Campgrounds (Reservations Recommended)
Advance campground reservations can be made for 2 of the 3 NPS campgrounds within Grand Canyon National Park.
Reservations for Mather Campground, and the North Rim Campground can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service
Note: NPS campgrounds in the park do not have RV hook-ups.
NPS Desert View Campground (No Reservations)NPS Desert View Campground is closed for the winter.
Located on the South Rim of the park, Desert View Campground is located 25 miles (41 km) to the east of Grand Canyon Village.
Tent and RV Camping on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon will remain available throughout the winter at both the Mather Campground and TrailerVillage located in Grand Canyon Village.
How Do I Decide Which Rim to Visit ?
Most People Visit Grand Canyon's South Rim
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open all year and is located on the "Arizona" side of the Canyon. The South Rim is closer to Interstate 40 and to the transportation centers of Williams, Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona. The South Rim also has a local airport and rail service. 90% of travelers visit the South Rim.
North Rim is Harder to Get to, and is More Wild and Secluded
Because of its 8,000 ft/ 2,438m elevation and liklihood of early snowfall, most visitor services on the North Rim are only available during a short season that lasts from May 15 through October 15 of each year. 10% of travelers visit the North Rim.
Why Is the Park Separated into South and North Rims?
A 277 mile long (446 km) canyon separates the park into South and North Rims. The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep, (1.6 km) and creates a barrier that bisects the park. Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, be aware that it is a five-hour drive of 215 miles/ 346 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.
Last updated: October 14, 2018